As interior designers, we have a responsibility to tackle every project in a sustainable manner, informing and inspiring our clients along the way. The construction industry accounts for about 40% of the UK’s carbon footprint and it is crucial we approach not only the sourcing of products with care and integrity, but that sustainable practices are undertaken throughout the design process.
Sustainability improves the quality of our lives, protects our ecosystem, and preserves natural resources for future generations. Sustainable development and design need to meet the needs of the present, without compromising on the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Sustainability is also important for economic reasons, as sustainable practices create jobs, ensure everyone earns a fair living wage and stimulates the economy.
In short, sustainability needs to permeate through every aspect of a design business to create long-term value to clients, and staff. Considering sustainable practices throughout the ecological, social, and economic spheres is crucial for the health and longevity of our planet.
– Raising awareness of the climate and biodiversity crisis, and inspiring our clients and suppliers to take appropriate action
– Advocation for faster change within the industry
– Evaluation of all new projects and how best to contribute positively to mitigating climate breakdown
– Working towards a more circular economy, buying vintage and second hand and using/mending/reupholstering wherever possible
– Utilising sustainable technological advances wherever possible, and advising clients to do the same
– Requesting third-party certification or similar demonstration of environmental credentials for specified products
– Minimisation of wasteful use of resources in interior design, and work alongside others in the industry towards reducing construction and packaging waste